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About Emily Davenport, Managing Editor

Mummy to Isaac and twins Jasmine and Maisy, and Managing Editor of the Dairy Diary, Dairy Cookbooks and Recipe Diaries. Printmaker too, when I find the time! Cheery, busy and a little tiny bit cheeky.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

It may have felt a long time coming but today is the summer solstice; the official start of summer and the longest day of the year

Make the most of those extra hours of daylight by doing something special (and I don’t mean dancing around with flowers in your hair; unless you want to of course!)

Some of my favourite moments basking in those last few rays of sunshine have been spent on the beach. Beachcombing at dusk, giggling at my ineptitude at boules; family cricket or – best of all – a beach campfire.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire

For a successful and safe campfire, there are a few rules that you should follow:

1 Choose a quiet, more secluded beach where campfires are permitted.

2 Situate yourself in a sheltered spot, not too close to anyone who may be annoyed by the smoke.

3 Dig a circle in the sand a few inches deep and about 3 feet across. Then surround with large pebbles.

4 Fill with kindling/sticks in a rough pyramid shape and light with matches or a lighter. It may help to bring a couple of natural firelighters to help get it going.

5 Toast marshmallows on long wooden-handled metal skewers or forks (and sandwich between chocolate digestives; our family take on s’mores).

6 Sit in a comfy camping chair and watch the flames as the sun goes down.

7 When your fire has died down, douse it liberally with seawater (don’t forget to take a bucket for this!) then cover any remaining embers with sand.

8 Ensure the beach looks just as you found it before you leave.

8 tips for a safe beach campfire
Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Birds to look out for in your garden part 5

The Pied Wagtail

With their distinctive grey, black and white plumage, and bobbing tails the characterful pied wagtail was a regular guest on our school playground

Most of us ignored them, intent on our skipping or clapping games or possibly boomeracka (does anyone remember that strange craze with long elastic around your feet?!) but I can still remember their presence.

I assume they were attracted by dropped crisps or biscuit crumbs, in those days mostly Monster Munch, Skips, 54321 (I bet many of you remember the song in the ad!) or a Trio.

Anyway, I’m showing my age reminiscing about 80s snacks, more about these lovely little birds… 

The Pied Wagtail

The Pied Wagtail

Pied wagtails are those smart little black-and-white birds that look a bit like Charlie Chaplin as they strut around, twitching their tails up and down all the time.

The elegant black-and-white pied wagtail is a familiar sight dashing and bobbing about as it charges across roofs and lawns, around car parks and over cricket pitches.

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For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season. Available now for just £8.99

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FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDS
Emily Davenport
Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Ideas for National Children’s Garden Week

National Children's Garden Week

With everything now in full leaf, the sun finally shining AND a bank holiday, it’s the perfect time to get out in the garden

And as it’s National Children’s Gardening Week this week why not encourage little ones to join in too? This annual event celebrates the fun that gardens hold for children. Take a look at their website for all sorts of simple garden projects.

Seeing something they have planted flourish gives children a sense of wonder and accomplishment.

You could plant fruit, herbs or veg (now’s a perfect time for tomatoes, courgettes and peppers), or maybe a simple planter. There’s an abundance of bedding plants available at the moment and you could encourage them to choose your own. Or look for specific varieties.

Planting a summer container

These work really well together in a pot, should be simple to maintain (regular watering and a weekly feed) and give colour for months to come: Petunias, Lobelia and Salvia. Use a pot, planter, or even an old bowl or sink.

The more creative the better!

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Our Favourite Seasonal Food: Asparagus

Asparagus

British asparagus season has now begun, and we can delight in these delicate, flavourful green shoots for the next month or so.

Super-versatile, asparagus can be boiled or steamed, griddled or barbecued or roasted in the oven. They work well in risotto, pasta, omelettes, the list goes on….. or simply dipped in soft-boiled egg. Mmmmm.

Each spear of asparagus is harvested by hand
when it reaches just the right height.

Look out for locally grown bunches in your farm shop or farmer’s market.

This is my favourite asparagus recipe as it’s really simple and easy to prepare too – perfect for a speedy dinner.

Hot Roast Asparagus & Potato Salad

Save 25% on A Zest For Life

You’ll find this in A Zest for Life cookbook together with two more recipes with asparagus: Roast Cod Loin Wrapped in Pancetta and Sea Bass with Asparagus & Roasted Potatoes.

For a limited time only, we’re offering 25% off this gorgeous book. 

Just use the code ZN25 at checkout.

Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

Birds to look out for in your garden part 4

Beech Tree with nesting boxes

We’ve recently moved to a house with a beautiful old weeping beech tree, complete with two nesting boxes

I really hope we get some little nesters that we can watch flitting in and out of their home.

The boxes are only small, so I assume we may get Blue Tits or something similarly small nesting. It would be wonderful to see Wrens.

Apparently in a nest box in Norfolk 61 wrens were seen entering a box measuring just 5 inches wide!

The Wren

The Wren

The cock wren is a little bird with a big personality and a phenomenally powerful voice. The contrast between his tiny body and the enormous volume of sound he emits when singing his shrill lyrics is stupendous. His wings and tail vibrate with the effort and excitement.

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For more fascinating facts, info and folklore on our feathered friends, treat yourself to a copy of Favourite Garden Birds

Packed with colour photographs and enchanting drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Garden Birds will help you to identify the birds that visit your garden each season.

Available now for just £8.99

BUY NOW

FAVOURITE GARDEN BIRDS
Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

5 Ways to Celebrate World Book Night

When is World Book Night

Does anyone remember Why Don’t You?


A BBC series that ran from 1973 to 1995. Their catchphrase was “Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead”. 

Which was a little ironic given that it was itself a television show! However, the sentiment was well-intentioned and gave us children a nudge to change out of our pjs and play.

This Friday why not switch off your tv and do something else?
It’s World Book Night – the perfect excuse to immerse yourself in literature.

Here are 5 ways to celebrate…


1 Read an exciting new novel
Buy from your local bookshop or borrow from your library. Open again now – yay!


2 Listen to an audiobook
Did you know that you can loan audiobooks from your local library? (They loan e-books too.) Find your library online services via your local council website.


3 Gain culinary inspiration
Gather together all your cookery books and make a list of new recipes to try. We have plenty of new cookbooks to choose from here.


4 Broaden your mind – browse non-fiction
This may be an appreciation of beautiful artwork, marvelling at the wonders of the universe, discovering historical facts, or planning new planting for your garden. Whatever your book collection may be – enjoy it.


5 Create your own book
Put together a collection of your own musings and sketches, your favourite recipes, or make a photo book online featuring some of your favourite pics.


Emily Davenport

Emily Davenport

I post a blog every week featuring food, family and fun. There are lots of useful household tips, crafty ideas, giveaways and delicious recipes that I think you will find irresistible.

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